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From NPR:

She's been doing a project called Wordless News every day for about a year now and next week she's going to be doing drawings based on stories she hears right here on MORNING EDITION.

Is there any difference if I substitute "going to do" for "going to be doing"? Thanks.

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Not any semantic difference in this particular sentence. For the semantic difference in general see "future progressive" versus "simple future."

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Going to do drawings means that she will do drawings on at least one occasion.

Going to be doing drawings means that she will do drawings repeatedly.

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What if the sentences are: Tomorrow, (I'm going to be leaving -vs- I'm going to leave) - or is the first sentence awkward in current form but it would be natural if said as in "I'm going to be leaving by/at 8.00 am tomorrow"? –  learner Jan 12 at 10:59
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@learner In that particular case there would be no real difference, because there's no indication that leaving is a repeatable action as there is with do (plural) drawings. –  StoneyB Jan 12 at 11:19

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